Weekly Update: Week of December 7, 2015

Hello everyone! We have officially made it to the final week of the semester!
Overview this Week:
We will have a quiz over elements of fiction today, our final assessment of the year!
Today and tomorrow, students will be revising their Cornerstone Writing Assessments. After they have revised and edited they will show me their improvements, and their writing will be re-graded. This will be their “official grade” for the cornerstone that will go into their English overall grade.
Students will also be working on making book trailers. The book trailers can be made individually or with others and will not be graded, but will be used as a tool to share book recommendations during second semester. Students will also be given class time to read independently and to check out books for reading over the break (it is important that students keep up their reading habits).

Need to Know:
1. Tuesday is the last tutorial of the Semester (for any redos/makeups)
2. Sports Day is this Thursday
3.  Winter Break Party is this Friday
– Wayne Hamaguchi has sent an email requesting snacks and drinks
4. ​I hope to have all grades updated online by the end of the week


Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day

– Choose enough books to read over the winter break!

Table Talk: 
– ​What are you reading now?
– What did you learn about writing through the Cornerstone essay writing and revising process?
– What sort of changes are you making to your Cornerstone during editing and revising?
– What personal goals did you accomplish this semester?
– What book are you making a book trailer for?
– What books do you plan to read over the break?

Weekly Update: Week of December 1, 2015

Overview this Week:
Today and tomorrow, students are working on their Cornerstone Writing Assessments. In total they will have had two class periods to plan, draft, revise and edit their work. While students cannot be prevented from discussing the prompt outside of class, they will only be allowed to edit their work during class time.

After I have graded their initial work, I will give the students opportunities next Monday and Tuesday to revise and edit their writing before they are ultimately “graded.” Throughout the rest of this week and next, students will be completing their novel study visuals by Thursday and then begin to create book trailers. The book trailers can be made individually or with others and will not be graded, but will be used as a tool to share book recommendations during second semester. Students will also be given class time to read independently and work on a variety of individual goals as needed.

Need to Know:
1. Novel Study Visuals are due THIS THURSDAY
– students will have time tomorrow to finish these up
2.  QUIZ NEXT MONDAY over Elements of Fiction
– these have been reviewed in class and we will do so again this Friday
3. Grades have been UPDATED with City Guides 

–  ​this includes grading of the project (social studies) and the writing (English)
– students will get detailed rubrics and feedback tomorrow

Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day

​- Finish Novel Study visuals by Thursday

Table Talk: 
– ​What are you reading now that you novel study is finished?
– What books are you planning on reading over winter break? What strategies and tools can you use to find books to read?
– What personal goals are you trying to accomplish by the end of the semester?
– What book will you make a book trailer for? What ideas do you have to make it interesting and eye-catching?